Steven Gerrard's lawyers have categorically denied recent claims made by former Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the ex-Senegal international suggested that Gerrard has 'never liked black people'.
Diouf made the claims after Gerrard revealed in his new book that the 34-year-old was the worst player he played with throughout his lengthy stint on Merseyside. In fact, the ex-England international went on to reveal that he had no respect for his former teammate.
The former Blackburn forward certainly didn't take too kindly to Gerrard's revelation, as he told Radio Future Media: "We all saw how he made life difficult for Mario Balotelli in Liverpool. I warned him.
"Liverpool are not a team that welcomes black unless they are British. Otherwise, you have no chance. This is common knowledge.
"Gerrard has never liked black people. When I was in Liverpool, I showed him that I was black, I’m not English, but I will not let him walk all over me. All the time I spent there, he never dared to look me in the eye."
Now, after Diouf's shock allegations, the Mail go on to reveal that Gerrard will take legal advice before making his next move.
It certainly appears that Gerrard has opened a can of worms with this one. The war of words between the enigmatic Diouf and the Liverpool hero may have only just begun, and it will be interesting to see just how this saga develops over the coming weeks.
One thing is for sure, Gerrard hasn't held back in his new autobiography, so some high-profile disputes in the aftermath were almost inevitable.
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